Leo Hayes High School in Fredericton got shut down today because the cops are saying they found an “explosive device” that has apparently been taken out of the school by the bomb squad and sent to Moncton to be detonated. There is also talk that the school has been shut down recently because somebody brought a handgun to school. This is a big deal in Fredericton, New Brunswick’s capital, because it is not a particularly sketchy town. Yeah, you’ve got a few bikers here and there and some minor drug smuggling in that area, but it’s pretty much a town of university students, hospital workers, and provincial government employees. It’s a sleepy place reminiscent of a smaller, 20%-less-nice Victoria, BC.
While I’m probably wrong, I have a theory that the bomb and the gun are connected. A handgun is pretty damn hard to get in Canada, especially if you’re 15 and live in Fredericton New Brunswick. The only other thing that may have something to do with it is the fact that CFB Gagetown is nearby and I would bet money that there’s a few guns kicking around that place. Questions: could this kid who brought the gun to school have a father or mother in the military? Is he in cadets? Was one of his parents in Afghanistan? It is difficult to get a handgun there (there’s only a handful of gun shops in all of New Brunswick) and there simply can’t be that many people that want to shoot up or blow up a high school in Fredericton, New Brunswick. I think the two are connected, it’s not that big of a high school, and seriously how many people honestly want to shoot up or blow up their high school to the point where they will actually do it (or at least bring it to school)? Preliminary reports make it sound like the police are investigating two different people. But I have a hunch those two knew each other pretty well.
This type of thing will be a big deal in that city for a long time to come. Especially since it comes so late in the year when everybody is kind of winding things down at school. I remember my high school in nearby Moncton had countless bomb threats but they always involved everybody going outside, standing there for 20 minutes and then going right back in. Sometimes firetrucks or police didn’t even seem to show up. I’m glad the administration at the school actually took this one seriously.
Unfortunately, the school doesn’t sound like they are doing much to help parents, but they are probably very overwhelmed by the situation. They are extremely lucky that nothing happened because there doesn’t seem to be much of a plan to notify parents of what to do. Luckily, it was not an active shooter walking into the school and blazing the place up. More questions: How would they have reacted to that? Did they even have a plan? How will the school notify parents in case of an emergency like this? Does the police officer stationed at the school carry a firearm?
I’m glad that nothing has actually happened, I’m a jaded guy and I know that bad shit happens everywhere, but holy crap- it sure as hell shouldn’t be going down in Fredericton.
BTW, They’re lucky they’re re-done the highway between Fredericton and Moncton, because if they took the old way, that device would probably detonate somewhere around Cambridge Narrows. You will only understand that if you are from New Brunswick.